Fire at Redmond recycling plant still burning Thursday

by: David Ham Updated:


REDMOND, Wash. - A fire at a wood recycling plant in Redmond burned through the night, and firefighters were still working to extinguish it Thursday morning.

The fire at All Wood Recycling started around 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday. The debris pile, which is at least 200 feet across and 70 feet tall, is at 8504 192nd Ave. N.E. More than 60 firefighters from Redmond, Bellevue, Woodinville, Kirkland and Seattle helped trying to stop it.

"We've made significant progress tonight,” Redmond Fire Battalion Chief Tom Norton said early Thursday. “We’ve made more progress than we thought we would so if we continue doing well we hope to get the majority of the smoke done with by the morning commute,"

The cause of the fire has not been determined, but it may have spontaneously ignited as a result of heat and decomposition. Heavy machinery was being used to dismantle the pile while at the same time water is being applied.

The fire was contained late Wednesday and is not likely to spread. Firefighters expect the fire to smolder for at least a few days.

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